Karen Kalzer

US Supreme Court Rules Same Sex Marriage

Employment, Religion

The US Supreme Court has ruled that same sex couples have a fundamental right to marriage protected under the US Constitution. In Obergefell et al v. Hodges, the Court found Constitutional protection under the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses. The vote was 5-4 with extensive dissenting opinions.

Karen Kalzer

Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act – Again


The Supreme Court of the United States upheld the Affordable Health Care Act for a second time, announcing its decision in King v. Burwell this morning. In short, the Court ruled that individuals who get their health care insurance through exchanges established by the federal governments will be eligible for tax subsidies.

Interpleader Process to be Simplified

Real Estate

On Wednesday, April 22, Governor Inslee signed a bill into law that simplifies and shortens this process. The bill, known as SHB 1730, was promoted by the Washington Realtors® and others in the industry. It establishes an abbreviated timeline for interpleaders involving residential property

Laura Hoexter

The Case of the Casket

Estate Planning and Probate, Litigation

Who owns Lee Harvey Oswald’s Coffin?
On November 22, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald killed President John F. Kennedy. Two days later, Oswald was shot and killed by nightclub owner Jack Ruby. Immediately following Oswald’s death, his brother, Robert Oswald, began making funeral arrangements. Robert purchased flowers, a dark suit and a pine coffin for his brother.

Karen Kalzer

Retaliation Charges Continue to Dominate Discrimination Lawsuits


The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency charged with enforcing our federal discrimination laws, yesterday released its litigation enforcement statistics for fiscal year 2014. The statistics confirm what we have all been observing: retaliation is the most frequently cited basis for discrimination lawsuits.

Karen Kalzer

Employees Granted Email Access for Union Organizing


The National Labor Relations Board continues to make sweeping changes to the electronic workplace in the name of protecting concerted activities, specifically, union organizing. The NLRB’s impact on social media policies will be one of the issues we are examining in the Top 10 Employment Issues for 2014 (look for the Top 10 in January). […]